“I came here expecting another Harry Potter like story with a hint of Twilight. What I got was a great love story with a hint of magic, excitement, and adventure. I highly suggest that you read this book if you like paranormal romance and magic.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The plot was so original...I really wanted to enjoy this book. But I never really got into it. The "accented" language was overdone, Channie was a bit ridiculous (especially towards her parents) when she got a taste of real power, and she and Josh fell in love practically on sight with no real...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Enchantment is first book in the Channie series and currently there is a sequel (Taken) and a prequel (part of a YA anthology, Midnight Surrender). It’s not necessary to read the prequel before Enchantment since it was written after the first book.
Channie Kearns isn’t your typical sixteen year old girl and she’s use to living in seclusion. When the family is forced to flee the Ozark Mountains, they move to Colorado where they must hide the fact they are witches. What ensues is a journey about a young teenage girl falling in love and finding herself.
Imagine for a moment having a name and it’s tied to your personality. You’re probably asking yourself, how can a name be tied to a personality? Let’s say your name is Charity, you might be inclined to do charitable work. The concept of a power-name is unique and thoroughly explored. Channie warned her parents several times that they couldn’t just change her name with another spell without consequences. Channie finds herself fighting to stay as Enchantment while possessing Chasity’s power and it frightens her. The reason they change her name has to do with her sister, Abundance, and their belief Channie will end up just like her. This worries them more because they are living around Empties (those not magically gifted).
On the night Channie’s power-name is changed, she decides to see what type of effect her new name has on men. She meets Joshua Abrim at the local park where he’s hanging with his friend and sure enough her new name affects men the way her parents had anticipated. Over time Channie and Joshua fall in love. Channie has strong sexual feelings towards Joshua and no doubt had there not been a magic barrier, I’m sure they would have consummated their relationship. Alas there is that obstacle and Joshua understands. There’s a hilarious scene involving a spell gone awry and girls reacting to Joshua as if he were a member of a popular boy band. Joshua also is a bit unsure if he believes what Channie tells him about magic and witches. At first he’s inclined not to believe her, but overtime he comes to terms with it. The way he accepts Channie is lovely and although he wants to protect her, he’s at a complete loss at how to do it. I respect Abel for handling the reality of teenagers and sex. I believe the plot could have gone either way, but instead she emphasizes the importance of an emotional connection. The only boy Channie felt a mild attraction to before meeting Joshua was Hunter. Even she admitted to herself that it wasn’t love, but lust and that her parents hadn’t warned her that females could feel it too.
A few people have suggested Channie is a bully and has no remorse using her new found powers as Chastity to get what she wants, but I disagree. One simply has to look at her parents and you understand how and why she takes situations into her own hands. They just order her around and punish her for Abundance’s mistake; heck they punish her for their own mistakes. I love the fact that the voice of reason in the family is aptly named, Aunt Wisdom. Channie is in many ways naive about the world and very much is still able to be controlled by her parents. Changing her name also changes her, something her parents did not anticipate. There were moments I felt Channie was a bit too childish especially towards her relationship with Joshua, but I had to step back for a moment and put myself in her shoes.
Joshua’s real identity isn’t known until the end and upon my first read I couldn’t connect the dots as some have pointed out. After a second reading it became clear and even though the ending is predictable, I admit to being surprised. There’s a few unanswered questions that I’m sure are addressed in Taken. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I really liked the spells and the chaos that ensues.
People who like to read YA novels, will read this and give it a five rating. I couldn’t because I didn’t love it enough for a five rating, but I did enjoy it and to be honest I have Taken and just need to find a moment to read it. If you’re a fan of fantasy or paranormal books this might appeal to you.”
“I came here expecting another Harry Potter like story with a hint of Twilight. What I got was a great love story with a hint of magic, excitement, and adventure. I highly suggest that you read this book if you like paranormal romance and magic.”Jacquel Cullen Pattinson wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found myself another favorite paranormal romance. I loved this book. Channie is cute and funny, and I love her feisty spirit. I like how she doesn’t take any crap from anyone, especially her retard of parents who change her name to Chasity, and basically made it a curse. As her and her family are witches that they call Mages in this book. Their name is their power, hers was Enchantment, which makes people like her, and adore her, Her dad freaks when some Empties (non magics) pay too much attention to her, (boys of course)
They end up having to leave Arkansas and the rest of her family, since her day got himself into some major trouble. So they moved to Colorado and decide to live with the non-magics. This is where Channie meets Josh, who I really like; he is a true friend, and more to Channie. She gets teased right away, as her name is now Chasity Belks (they also changed their last name) and well, that is too close to Chasity Belt, lol, Poor girl, and not to mention, any guys to “lust” after her, they get a zap like a taser, and if they touch her, even worse.
It’s a great read, and Channie and Josh really try everything to reverse this curse her parents have put on her. What her parents didn’t expect was Channie became stronger them they are, and can’t push her around or give her a whipping anymore. (which is so wrong in the first place)
I was not expecting the amazing twist near the end, I was shocked, and loved it. I am not telling you what, but it was awesome!
I do not want to give too much away, so wont say too much more, but will say, that this is a touching, sad, funny, exciting story. I can’t wait to read book 2 Taken. I need to know what happens, like now, lol.
I highly recommend this book and series. Its great for all ages, not just the young.
5 out of 5 stars.
I was provided this book from the author for my honest review.
See my blog for the book tour, and read an excerpt too, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-tour-enchantment-channie-book-1-by.html”
“Saying this one surprised me might be a common statement but I can't believe I took so long to read this. It was very surprising and my brain is going a mile a minute and I'm finding it difficult to get my thoughts to come together. But i'm going to give it a shot.
Channie is a Mage or a witch. Channie's people live a secluded life away from Empties or the Magically Disabled or MD. Empties is a more derogatory way of referring to the non-magically inclined. The mages seclusion makes them completely clueless about many things especially on Pop Culture. And saying their clueless is a lot nicer way to put it, there are other choice words I could have used. A Mages given name is called a power name, they are bestowed with a name as a baby at a magical ceremony, a power name says how their particular magic will work or what their personality might be like. Although a power name can adversely affect a mage and a power name might not be what's expected. Channie's father is proof of that. I can imagine that his parents might thought naming him Money would make him have a lot of it, but instead he can't seem to earn it or keep it, in fact his name actually brings his family a lot of grief. Channie's sister's power name is Abundance and her mother's power name is Prudence, I would say their names are actually more befitting of them.
Channie's power name is Enchantment which means she enchants or bewitches others to do things her way. As Enchantment, Channie seemed to have a little stubbornness which does not go with her power name. I almost forgot about that when her parents cursed her with the new power name, Chastity because they were afraid she would get herself knocked up by a MD boy. Chastity was basically a bitch most of the time, and Channie felt it was all Chastity but I think some of it was her personality. With her new power name Channie was short tempered, a jealous freak, and quick to jump to conclusions. Okay, i'm gonna stop now if I keep going I will give away too much about Channie. Of course Channie meets MD Josh and falls madly in love with him. DUH.
Channie met Josh when her family had to run for their lives from their home when her father got himself into some financial trouble. Josh had the unfortunate luck to meet Chastity when Channie wanted a guinea pig to test out her new power name. Josh is a sweet guy who was focused on his goals for the future until Channie entered his life and turned it askew on it's ass. Of course Josh meets Channie and falls madly in love with her. DUH.
About the couple:
Man, why couldn't they ever get a break. Since Chastity was a curse because as it turns out Channie's parents are dumb asses, every time Channie releases or uses power it's actually a curse. Boys already can't get too close to her without feeling Chastity's wrath and when she decided to go against her peoples prejudice of empties and got involved with Josh all she kept doing was cursing him. Poor Josh had to deal with physical, mental and i'm sure a lot of emotional pain being in a relationship with Channie but he also had to deal with the bitch Chastity. No apologies Chastity was a Class A bitch, some of it was Channie not having more control of her emotions, she was always apologizing to Josh, it was like he was in an abusive relationship. Her mood swings could give a guy whiplash.
To sum up:
Power names seems to be out of the bearers control sometimes but I think it's just easier to be what's expected. Many times Channie had to remember that a power name does not control free will and she needs to be aware of her actions before she acts, easier said than done for her most of the time. Channie does have one positive influence in her life with a befitting power name, Wisdom. Aunt Wisdom's influence made Channie seem less "back woods" compare to her parents who would not get awards for being good parents anytime soon. There were many other characters but Channie's and Josh's tumultuous relationship was front and center and a strong force on the story that I forgot others existed most of the time. Except for her nephews and Josh's little brother no one else existed for me.
Charlotte Abel is a genius, the concept was such a dream and the story telling was intense and mind boggling. I was actually happy with the ending, it makes me ready to go on to it and see where things go form here.”
“Enchantment is as the title explains - enchanting; I know for a fact because it casted a spell over me. Awhile back Amazon made Enchantment a nifty suggestion on my page and I gave the synopsis a once over nodded my head then proceded to add the book to my Kindle. For weeks it sat idly by while I perused other books, and when I finally decided to read it I did a mental hand slap to the face. Why? Because Enchantment was soo dang good! However I will say that the writing style written in backwoods country slang was a little hard to get used to AT FIRST. Then I eventually read on and the story just bewildered me in the best of ways. Upon finishing this book I sat for awhile thinking about the plot and how everything was creatively carried out. This book was nothing like I have ever read before: it's different, fun, and entertaining.
Channie Kerns is a witch. She was born that way and lived in ignorant bliss for sixteen years. Secluded far from the real world with her family in the deep woods of the Ozark Mountains. Then one night her father tells her that they have to flee there home and start over in Louisville, Colorado. Uncomprehending what this means she enrolls in school. Her parents are overly strict and for good reason. Channie's real name is Enchantment and at birth if you are with magic your name holds power so the naming ceremony of a child is vital. Because of Channie's name she has the ability to enchant people more specifically boys... making her an absolute temptation. For fear that a boy will take Channie's "virtue" her parents rename her using dark magic. Renaming anyone is a curse and that's what they do to "save" her from magic-less boys who her parents believe are inferior to them and there ways. Ripped from everything she's ever been and cast into a new life with a new power-name things are looking terrible.. until she meets a boy who can possibly change her fate... even without enchanting him.
First off wow the whole idea of each magical individual receiving there type of powers through being named is awesome! For example if your name is Melody you may be gifted with a great singing voice or the ability to create any type of sound. Now that was a random example I made up but the point remains the idea is genius! The plot is so unique and fresh from most witch/magic books. It's every readers worst fear to read a story soo terribly similar to another that it takes away the element of surprise and from your reading experience. Enchantment creates a new concept and runs with it, and it's quite good. I should mention that although YA there is some sexual content and even more so in its sequel Taken so the age group should probably be at least 16+.
In the beginning of reading Enchantment I thought Channie was snobbish and dull. I read further into the story and like an onion another layer formed that painted her as more interesting, brave, and endearing. By this point I was racing through the pages like a mad woman trying to find out what would happen next. It just kept getting better and the story just keeps taking unexpected turns. Even the secondary characters had some secrets worth unveiling. & Some parts scattered throughout Enchantment are really funny there is some excellent humorous moments and I loved every second! Right away I reached for my Kindle and ordered the second book Taken. If you follow through with this book unbiased by the first couple chapters or even farther in erase your uncertainty and finish it through to the end. Like me you may just find this book a really great read.
This review was written after I read Taken: Enchantment's sequel (which I will spare the details but it gets even better). 2 months after reading this series I am still thinking about these books; they are so clever and take a diverse approach from typical YA Fantasy/Paranormal reads. ”
“awesome story, intriguing and interesting twists in the story line. ”Bonnie Rediske wrote this review Monday, June 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book and the sequel, Taken, were pretty good reads. The story was different from some I had read so I kept reading even when I had other things in the house I should have been doing. ;-)”Stephanie & Ken Pflug wrote this review Wednesday, April 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was AH-mazing!!!! I loved it so much. The end has a big twist. :)”Monique LeShay Rasberry wrote this review Tuesday, April 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The plot was so original...I really wanted to enjoy this book. But I never really got into it. The "accented" language was overdone, Channie was a bit ridiculous (especially towards her parents) when she got a taste of real power, and she and Josh fell in love practically on sight with no real explanation. I felt the majority of the book was Channie shocking Josh with her magic and her complaining about it. Its only redeeming quality was the ending of the story. I enjoyed the climatic ending (for the most part) although it seemed rushed compared to the slower pacing of the rest of the novel. 2.5/5 stars ”Jacqueline wrote this review Thursday, March 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow! This book is a whole new playing field full of magic and wonder. It has the cute feel of A Walk to Remember enhanced with danger and a tremendous amount of teenage drama. The best part is how well rounded the characters are. Especially Josh. He is so cute and compassionate towards Channie and everyone he comes into contact with. I also like how Channies character went from the spoiled brat to the all powerful to the willing to sacrifice for the one she loves. Fantastic character development! Also there were new challenges in the plot every time I turned the page so I was always faced with something new and it was easy to follow. It does get a tad bit slow in the beginning but then it rushes by when the characters face and slove each challenge. The adventure, magic, characters, and plot are contagious and exciting. I cant wait for the next book.”NerodicNetta wrote this review Monday, March 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No